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French Junior Minister for European Affairs Amelie de Montchalin, right, speaks with Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok during a meeting of EU General Affairs ministers at the European Council building in Brussels, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. European Union ministers are putting the final touches on the mandate that will be the guide for EU negotiator Michel Barnier as he sits own with UK officials to thrash out a free trade deal over the next ten months. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

EU approves tough negotiating mandate for UK trade talks

Feb. 25, 2020 12:54 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Tuesday gave its chief negotiator a robust mandate for free trade talks with ex-member Britain, setting up a likely clash over the U.K.’s demand to export to the continent on its own terms without the need to necessarily respect the bloc's rules and regulations....

FILE - In this May 25, 2018 file photo, an employee at Acme Mills in Santa Teresa, N.M., works to organize textiles. Border trade leaders are expressing optimism for the 2020 trade forecast with Mexico, especially at the busy Santa Teresa Port of Entry in New Mexico, following the new free trade agreement. (AP Photo/ Russell Contreras, File)

Leaders: 2020 forecast is rosy for border trade with Mexico

Feb. 25, 2020 12:05 PM EST

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Border trade leaders are expressing optimism for the 2020 trade forecast with Mexico — especially at the busy Santa Teresa Port of Entry in New Mexico — following the new free trade agreement. That's because port officials, which have long lacked the ability to process...

FILE - In this June 20, 2018 file photo, Catoctin Creek Distillery whiskey is on display in a tasting room in Purcellville, Va. American dairy farmers, distillers and drug makers have been eager to break into India, but it look like they'll have to wait. Indian is the world’s seventh-biggest economy but it's also a tough-to-penetrate colossus of 1.3 billion people. Trade talks between the Trump administration and New Delhi were intended to forge at least a modest deal in time for President Donald Trump’s visit to India that begins Monday. But the talks appear to have fizzled for now. It's important to remember that Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi are fierce nationalists who favor protecting their own producers over opening their markets to foreign competition. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

India, US struggling to bridge trade dispute as Trump visits

Feb. 22, 2020 12:30 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — American dairy farmers, distillers and drugmakers have been eager to break into India, the world’s seventh-biggest economy but a tough-to-penetrate colossus of 1.3 billion people. Looks like they’ll have to wait. Talks between the Trump administration and New Delhi, intended...

Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte takes part in a panel discussion at the Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, Friday, Feb. 15, 2020. (Tobias Hase/dpa via AP)

In tight vote, Dutch lawmakers approve EU-Canada trade deal

Feb. 18, 2020 10:19 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — In a tight vote Tuesday, lawmakers in the lower house of Dutch parliament approved a free trade deal between the European Union and Canada. Dutch Overseas Trade Minister Sigrid Kaag, who was in parliament to watch the vote, smiled after 72 lawmakers voted for the deal and 69...

FILE - In this June 20, 2018 file photo, Catoctin Creek Distillery whiskey is on display in a tasting room in Purcellville, Va. A new spirits industry report says President Donald Trump's trade war dampened the overseas market for American-made whiskey last year. The Distilled Spirits Council says overall exports of bourbon, Tennessee whiskey and rye whiskey tumbled amid a trade war-induced decline in exports to key European markets. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

US whiskey exports decline as trade dispute with EU persists

Feb. 12, 2020 10:04 AM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — President Donald Trump’s trade war dampened the overseas market for American-made whiskey last year, diminishing exports even as the domestic market continues to thrive. Overall exports of bourbon, Tennessee whiskey and rye whiskey tumbled amid a trade war-induced decline in...

EU adopts Vietnam trade deals despite human rights concerns

Feb. 12, 2020 7:28 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — European lawmakers have overwhelmingly approved free trade and investment deals between the EU and Vietnam that will eliminate almost all tariffs over the next ten years, despite concerns about the human rights situation in the country. After an influential parliamentary trade committee...

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, left, talks to to European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier during a debate on a proposed mandate for negotiations for a new partnership with the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France, Tuesday, Feb.11, 2020. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)

EU chief rejects Johnson's idea of loose UK trade deal

Feb. 11, 2020 9:12 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union will only offer Britain unique access to its vast single market if the U.K. agrees to stick to the bloc's standards, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said Tuesday, dismissing British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's idea of brokering a loose trade deal...

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon speaks during an event 'Scotland's European Future after Brexit' at the European Policy Center in Brussels, Monday, Feb. 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, Pool)

Scottish government leader urges UK to stick to EU standards

Feb. 10, 2020 12:49 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The leader of Scotland's government warned Monday that Britain would pay a “heavy cost" if it abandons European Union rules and standards after a post-Brexit transition period expires at the end of the year. Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon also reiterated her desire for a...

Indonesia's President Joko Widodo gives a joint statement with Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison at Parliament House in Canberra, Monday, Feb. 10, 2020. Widodo is on a two-day visit to Canberra, his fourth visit to Australia. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft, Pool)

Indonesian president urges closer Australian partnership

Feb. 9, 2020 10:19 PM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Indonesia’s president spoke to Australia's Parliament on Monday, urging a closer partnership between their nations as their shared democratic values are threatened by uncertain global economics. President Joko Widodo was addressing a rare joint-sitting of the Australian...

President Donald Trump welcomes Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta at the White House, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Trump administration to open free-trade talks with Kenya

Feb. 6, 2020 5:11 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration announced Thursday that it intends to open free-trade talks with Kenya in pursuit of what would be the first trade agreement between the United States and a nation in sub-Saharan Africa. The announcement followed a White House meeting between President Donald...